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MCPH OPIC Newsletter #13 April 2024

MCPH OPIC Newsletter #13 April 2024
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OPIC Monthly Newsletter

Issue 13                                                                    April 19, 2024

Greetings from Marin County Public Health (MCPH) Outbreak Prevention and Infection Control (OPIC).
MCPH OPIC team supports healthcare and congregate care facilities mitigate and manage risks and prepare for emergencies. Our monthly newsletters include news, guidance, updates, trainings and educational opportunities for all levels of staff.

COVID-19 Outbreak Definition Updates for Required Investigation and Reporting in LTCFs and LTACHs:
COVID-19 Healthcare Outbreak Definition Guidance.pdf ( and CSTE)

Guidance Updates

Recommendations for Prevention and Control of COVID-19, Influenza, and Other Respiratory Viral Infections AFL-23-36 (   Recommendations for Prevention and Control of COVID-19, Influenza, and Other Respiratory Viral Infections in California Skilled Nursing Facilities – 2023-24
Measles Increase in Cases nationally View CDPH Advisory Immediate Respiratory Isolation Recommended for Persons with Suspected Measles; CAHAN Alert 3/14/2024; CDC Cases and Outbreaks Dashboard
Pertussis Outbreak Progress:  MCPH Public Health Advisory 3/22/2024; Resources  Respiratory Prevention Resource, CDC Pertussis for patients/residents and HCW
CDC Advisory - Avian Flu: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus: Identification of Human Infection and Recommendations for Investigations and Response, USDA link

Recent All Facilities Letters (AFLs) from CDPH

AFL 24-11: Notice of Petition Hearing Regarding Medical Staff Membership P-23-002 - public hearing on 5/8/2024 to discuss petition to amend portions of Title 22 to expand medical staff membership to NPs, CNM, CRNA and other licensed practitioners.

AFL 24-12 Notice of Public Comment Period for Temporary Management Regulations (DPH-11-017) - public comment period 3/15 - 5/4/2024 for proposed addition of regulations to Title 22 of CCR for Temporary Management of LTCFs.

Recent Health Alerts from CDPH and CDC
View all AFLs at the All Facilities Letter webpage.  
View CDSS PINs at the All COVID-19 ASC PINs by Topic webpage. 
Surveillance Updates
All winter respiratory viruses including Covid, Influenza, and RSV continue to circulate at low levels.  Click on link Public Dashboard for details.

Public Health Dashboard: Local Data for Local Action. Marin County Public Health has 12 Data Dashboards reflecting local public health priorities. *New* Flood Vulnerability Dashboard launched.

Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) Updates
*FREE* On-site PPE Training and Infection Control Training for your staff by your OPIC team!  We have bilingual educators!  Contact us at and we will work with you to schedule at your convenience or Book Online.

Monthly Infection Control CEU Webinars with Dr. Duncan.  Email to be added to our webinar.  These webinars provide 1.0 Continuing Education (CEU) credit to nurses (LVN and RN).  This webinar is open to all, not just nursing staff.

Project Firstline: CDC's Training Collaborative for Healthcare Infection Control - FREE training materials to provide education for your staff.  Training toolkits for CNA and EVS staff.

Required Training for IPC Nurse Certification
CDPH SNF Online Infection Prevention Course - Infection Preventionist Training for SNFs Course, online 18 hour 
CDC Learning Connections:  CDC TRAIN  - Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course

IPC Career Development
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) - Join your professional society: Learn about membership here.
APIC National Conference: San Antonio, TX.  June 3-5, 2024. Information and link to Registration here

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC).  Get your Certificate of Infection Control (CIC) and become certified. Contact APIC and begin your preparation
APIC's Infection Prevention & You website or check out the Patient Hand Hygiene toolkit
NHSN’s Survival Guide for Mandatory National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting for Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

CDPH Vaccine - Reporting and Returning Spoiled/Expired Vaccines - Refer to the following links:
Next MCPH Monthly meeting is:
Tuesday, April 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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